May 9, 2013

Letter:Moral, spiritual issues

— I would first of all like to thank you for the coverage your newspaper has given to the Whitfield County observance of the National Day of Prayer. I was a little disappointed, however, that your reporter turned the occasion into a debate. I do not believe it accurately portrayed the spirit of the meeting.

There are many in this country, and apparently some in our county and neighboring counties, who fail to understand the simple biblical concept stated in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” A woman quoted in the story seems to be among them. She said she is a Christian and I will not dispute that, but if she thinks being a Christian means that we accept sinful behavior, such as homosexuality, as normal, she is woefully mistaken.

These are not merely political issues, as one of your callers suggested; they are moral, spiritual issues. America needs to thoroughly repent of her sins and turn to God. And, yes, I would include covetousness, hatred, self-righteousness and many like sins of the heart among those sins that we need to forsake.

Truly, Jesus and the disciples did preach “love and grace,” but it was only after they preached “repent.” John the Baptist did not accept Herod’s lifestyle; he condemned it and lost his head for it! Jesus did not condemn the woman taken in adultery but neither did he accept her lifestyle. He said, “Go and sin no more.” If we are to be like Jesus and the disciples, we must learn not only to love the sinner but also to hate the sin.

There are many Christians, I among them, who are gravely concerned about the moral and spiritual decay in our land. We are concerned about the kind of country we will leave to our children and grandchildren; therefore, we pray. We pray for everyone. We pray for revival. We pray for peace, but not at the expense of righteousness. We pray for love, but not at the expense of truth. We will continue to pray for America.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)


T. Dale Kidd

Coordinator, Whitfield County Committee

National Day of Prayer